A popular New Years resolution is to travel more, and booking that trip now, rather than later, will help make that resolution come true. That of course raises the big question: Where should you travel to? To help make that decision easier, I’m sharing four of my favourite countries in the Caribbean you need to visit in 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago
It’s hard to not fall in love with Trinidad and Tobago. There is no shortage of beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, but what makes this place really special is the energy!
Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the two major islands located off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. It is home to one of the biggest parties in the world, the Port of Spain’s Carnival. Yet, whether it’s Carnival time or not, every day is a party in Trinidad. Perhaps this is why the locals are among the happiest people you’ll ever meet. Trinidad is also bursting with verdant hiking and cycling trails, spectacular waterfalls and deserted bays.
Tobago is where Trinis go to take a break from all of the dancing that happens in Trinidad. Tobago is known for its wide beaches, bio diverse tropical rainforest and gorgeous mountains. If you love to dive, Tobago offers some of the most diverse and abundant marine life. When it comes to accommodations, whether you prefer luxurious oceanside hotels or tiny guesthouses in villages, Tobago has you covered.
Curacao is a Caribbean island located just off the coast of Venezuela that is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Made up of over 50 cultures, Curacao has a very vibrant and rich culture.
On top of having beautiful beaches, the island offers some unique food and delicacies, fun water sports and colourful neighbourhoods. If adventure is what you seek, you can try your hand at jet packing or cliff jumping. If you’re a foodie, you must try sampling iguana, one of the island delicacies. If you love road trips, renting a car to explore the island is a great idea. See more things to do in Curacao here.
No trip to the island is complete without sampling some Blue Curacao. You can take a free tour of the Blue Curacao factory in Willemstad where you will learn (using your ears and mouth) all about the history and current production of this favourite island alcohol.
If you think you’ve seen the most beautiful turquoise waters, wait until you visit Belize! Belize is Central America’s youngest nation with its Spanish-speaking neighbours to the south and west and the laid-back Caribbean to the east. It is made up of more than 200 islands or “cayes,” and is home to Belize Barrier Reed, the second longest reef in the world.
In Belize, you can explore caves, dive into the famed Blue Hole, discover Mayan ruins, hike through dense jungle and much more. If the under water world fascinates you, you will be happy to know that Belize has more than 100 different types of coral and 500 species of fish to discover.
If it’s the jungle you desire, more than half of the country consists of subtropical jungle or rainforest. The Belize rainforest is home to an incredible variety of wildlife including jaguar, tapir, crocodile, howler monkeys, armadillo, the keel-billed toucan, parrots, hummingbirds, heron, macaws, coati, and more.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos has seven main islands in the country and about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays. It’s home to the Best Beach in the World according to TripAdvisor! It’s also home to world class hotels, spas and restaurants as well as uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. If you’re looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate, Turks and Caicos is a great choice! If you’re looking to try something new, the country has plenty of that too!
Have you ever wanted to ride a horse in the sea? In Turks and Caicos, you can do just that! The best part about the experience, the horse may love it every more than you do. Another must try while in Turks and Caicos is the conch. Conch is a giant edible snail popular throughout the Caribbean and especially in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s an integral part of the local cuisine and can even be seen as one of the three symbols on the Turks and Caicos flag. You can order conch on many of the restaurants scattered throughout the island.